ROUTES

HALF MARATHON

Due to a bridge outing on Lajunie Rd, the half marathon course for this year has changed to an out-and-back. The run starts off traveling through the neighborhood around Acadiana Park then down Louisiana Ave, before turning onto Shadow Bluff Dr. After crossing the river to get onto Lajunie Rd, the route takes a scenic detour via Maryview Farm Rd and Louisiana Ave to Butcher Switch Rd, before getting back onto Lajunie. The runners will take Lajunie to the turn-around and will skip the Butcher Switch loop on the way back, otherwise returning the way they came. This is a smooth, fast course. The only significant hill is the climb at the turn onto E Alexander St about 200 meters from the finish (which makes for a tremendous feeling of accomplishment when crossing the finish line).

5k trail

10k trail

The first 1/2 mile is in and out of the woods using some of the trails on the mountain bike section. Then it is through the Nature Station and through the woods on wooden decks then out to the levee of Francois Coulee. Just after mile two there is a water station and restrooms when you cross the coulee at Shadow Bluff Dr. Then it is a relatively flat meandering course under the shade of trees. Around mile 2.8 the 5k and 10k courses will split. The 10k will continue straight (Eastward) cross a utility right away then as you pass through mile 3 the terrain will change and offer you various short up and downs as you run along the spoils of the Vermilion River. If you stop to take in some of the view under the canopy you will see some of the largest palmettos around. Then the course flattens out again as you approach the 2nd water station just before mile 4. As you leave the Northern section of the Acadiana Nature Trail (ANT) you will have another water stop and just under 2 miles to run. You will run

This course has 3 water stops with one water location used twice.  The course starts with a run across a field then funnels down into a single path nature trail. Then it is through the Nature Station and through the woods on wooden decks then out to the levee of Francois Coulee. Just after mile two there is a water station and restrooms when you cross the coulee at Shadow Bluff Dr. Then it is a relatively flat meandering course under the shade of trees.  Around mile 2.8 the 5k and 10k courses will split.  The 5k will turn left and head North toward the next water station, where you will turn left and both the 10k and 5k course merge.   As you exit the canopy of the Northern section of the Acadiana Nature Trail (ANT) you will have a  third water stop (with restrooms) and about 1.5 miles to run. 

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